You keep your house clean, you keep your car clean, and you keep your office clean, so why don’t you keep your computer clean? Sadly, although technology has had amazing advances over the past few decades, no one has really thought about inventing a self-cleaning computer, and dirty computers can cause problems in the long run.
Let’s start at the very beginning: your computer is not airtight. This means that, especially if you live in a dusty area, dirt will find its way into your computer, and since more people don’t think to clean the inside of their computers, it will stay there. If dust builds up enough to block the vents or cooling fans in your computer, it could lead to overheating, which could seriously damage your processor or other very important pieces of equipment inside your computer. Many computer technicians will readily tell you that heat is one of the leading causes of component failure inside computers.
Aside from simply causing damage to hardware which will need to be replaced at your expense, overheating your computer may destroy memory and cause data loss. Data on a heat-damaged hard drive will either cost you a lot of money to recover with specialist assistance, or will be impossible to retrieve because of irreparable damage.
Even if dirt doesn’t cause heat damage, an overheated and dirty computer will never run as quickly as a clean one, so your performance will suffer. To prevent these problems, it is important to keep your computer clean, and we don’t just mean dusting the monitor! Cleaning your computer can be as simple as unscrewing the cover on your computer tower and (gently!) applying your vacuum cleaner nozzle where necessary. Alternatively if you don’t feel confident enough to do this yourself, speak to a computer technician, but do not allow the dirt to take over your computer.